Updated 12:28 a.m.
Former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett will face Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt in a runoff for the Republican nomination for governor.
Cornett, Stitt and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb were all polling closely leading into Tuesday’s primary election. There had to be an odd man out to reach to the runoff. The odd man out was Lamb.
Cornett finished with near 29 percent of the vote. With 1948 of 1951 precincts reporting, Stitt led Lamb 24.43 to 23.88 percent.
The winner of Cornett and Stitt’s runoff in August will face Democratic nominee Drew Edmondson.
At Cornett’s watch party at the Tower Theatre, the former mayor encouraged his supporters.
“No one in Oklahoma is giving up on this state. Out best days are ahead of us,” Cornett said.
— Joe Wertz (@joewertz) June 27, 2018
Stitt, a political newcomer who founded Gateway Mortgage, thanked his family and supporters for helping propel him into the runoff.
“Oklahoma’s turnaround starts tonight, folks,” Stitt said.
On behalf of my family, our campaign team, and all of our friends and supporters across the state: THANK YOU! This was only possible because YOU spoke up and demanded conservative change for Oklahoma. Onward to the runoff on August 28th! #JointheTurnaround #VoteStitt pic.twitter.com/7JY2EGbecg
— Kevin Stitt (@StittforGov) June 27, 2018
Lamb thanked his supporters and conceded his defeat at his watch party in the Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel.
“I close by congratulating Mr. Cornett and Mr. Stitt for a campaign that was hard fought,” Lamb said.
The runoff is slated for August 28. Tuesday night’s results are unofficial and could be contested. Any of the ten candidates who